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Safety Report: Salmonella Infections multistate outbreak 2023 linked to Small Turtles, USA

11 months ago source cdc.gov

Outbreak

United States

The CDC and public health officials in several states are currently investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Stanley and Salmonella Pomona infections linked to Small Turtles. A total of 26 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Stanley (24 people) or Salmonella Pomona (2 people) were reported from 11 states (CA, GA, IL, KY, MO, NC, NY, OH, PA, TN and VA). 9 people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 27, 2022, to July 16, 2023.

A federal law bans the sale and distribution of turtles with shells less than 4 inches long as pets because they have caused many illnesses, especially in young children. Despite the ban, these turtles can sometimes be found illegally online and at stores, flea markets, and roadside stands.

Pet turtles of any size can carry Salmonella germs in their droppings even if they look healthy and clean. These germs can easily spread to their bodies, tank water, and anything in the area where they live and roam. You can get sick from touching a turtle or anything in its environment and then touching your mouth or food with unwashed hands and swallowing Salmonella germs.

CDC advises that you always take steps to stay healthy around your pet turtle: wash your hands, play safely, and keep supplies and the pet area clean. Do not buy small turtles with shells less than 4 inches long.

In case you are experiencing Salmonella symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance. If symptoms persist, seek medical care.

Source: www.cdc.gov/salmonella/turtles-08-23/index.html

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